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Shortlist announced!

A big thank you to everyone who entered the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2020. We had 2,000 entries this year, showcasing an impressive array of talent and imagination.

Congratulations to the shortlisted entrants:

Fiction Cover Award 

Non Fiction Cover Award

Children’s Cover Award

Please note that due to the impact of the current coronavirus outbreak the terms and conditions of this competition have changed. Please see the amended terms and conditions.

Student Design Award 2020 categories

Important dates

Closing date for entries – 2.00pm on Tuesday 3 March 2020

Shortlist announcement – Wednesday 24 June 2020

Closing date for shortlisted student’s final submissions – Wednesday 8 July 2020

Winners announced – Tuesday 22 September 2020

A letter from Tom Weldon, Penguin Random House CEO

Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world's best-loved adult and children's books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

We value creativity and design incredibly highly, and started the Penguin Random House Student Design Award twelve years ago to encourage the next generation of designers to use their amazing talents to help us tell our authors' stories.

I am always impressed with the quality of submissions and I look forward to seeing what this year’s talent has to offer.  


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